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How to Obtain Top Dollar for Your Home In The Shortest Period of Time - 11/29/07 04:02 PM
Dear Homeowner, If you are considering selling your home in the near future, you are probably asking yourself questions like these: Should I replace the tile counters in the bathroom with granite? Does the wallpaper make the house look dated? Is the cost of installing new kitchen cabinets worth the expense? Do I need to put on a new the roof or can I just have it inspected and replace the deteriorated areas? Is it necessary to paint all the interior walls, or would touching-up the obvious areas work just as well? Would installing new carpets and/or refinishing the wood floors (1 comments)
Brian Sharkey can be reached at All Florida Realty Services Inc. at 772-335-1995 ext. 192 or via email Brian@BrianSharkeyRealEstate.com www.SOSFSBO.com coming soon... They (Realtors) are not call professionals for nothing. The advantage a professional brings to the transaction should far out weight the cost of hiring them, other wise don't. A professinal has mastered the process of dealing with these six factors. 1. Setting the right price. 2. Create your marketing plan. 3. Preparing your product. 4. Four questions to ask every caller: (1) Are you pre-qualified? (2) What's the name and phone number of the person who pre-qualified you? (3) For how much did you pre-qualify? (5 comments)
10889 SW Dardanelle Drive, Port Saint Lucie, Florida - 11/24/07 10:40 PM
Brian Sharkey can be reached at All Florida Realty Services Inc. at 772-335-1995 ext. 192 or via email Brian@BrianSharkeyRealEstate.com Description: Like New! 2/2/2 offers spectacular waterviews onto a lake. You`ll be able to sit out on the screened patio in the morning and enjoy watching the spectaular sunrises. Home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, two blocks from the clubhouse. Features: 2 BEDROOMS- 2 BATHROOMS2 CAR GARAGE - LAKE VIEWCENTRAL VAC - ALARM SYSTEM Additional Info:Call Property Hot line at 800-815-4194 ext. 442 Property Direction Info:TRADITION BLVD TO LAKES AT TRADITION BLVD TO DARDANELLE asf (0 comments)
201 SW Todd Avenue - 11/24/07 10:31 PM
Brian Sharkey can be reached at All Florida Realty Services Inc. at 772-335-1995 ext. 192 or via email Brian@BrianSharkeyRealEstate.com Price: $149,000 Status: For Sale MLS ID: R2760300 Description: First time homebuyers take a look! 3 bedrooms, 3 baths fenced in backyard, new roof & siding in Nov. 04. Tile floors in July 05, new water heater Nov. 03. Pride of Ownership this house is clean and ready to move in. Features: 3/2/2 with fenced in back yard New roof and siding 2004 Near Bayshore easy access to the turnpike Additional Info: Call Property hotline at 800-815-4194 ext. 452 Directions: 201 SW Todd, Port Saint Lucie, FL Bayshore to Todd Bedrooms: 3 Sq Footage: 1882 (0 comments)
This 4 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM 2 CAR GARAGE SCREENED POOL & PATIO HOME WITH FIREPLACE INCLUDES HURRICANE SHUTTERS AND MUCH MORE, WATER ASSESSMENT IS PAID. Price reduced below market values, owner said "make an offer". Just go EAST ON ST JAMES, LEFT ON MANVILLE DRIVE, LEFT ON CHUGWATER and your home. Call the toll free hotline at 800-815-4194 x 441 for more information or to view this property. (0 comments)
Know The Market - Saint Lucie County - 11/24/07 12:34 PM
Know The Market - Saint Lucie County Brian Sharkey can be reached at All Florida Realty Services Inc. at 772-335-1995 ext. 192 or via email Brian@BrianSharkeyRealEstate.com For the many potential buyers look around Saint Lucie County this weekend, here are some links about the area that will be useful in answering some questions. In addition you would like me to search some homes for you please fill in the link Receive Home Listings By Email. http://www.stlucierealtors.com/ http://www.youredc.com/ http://www.stlucieco.gov/ http://www.co.st-lucie.fl.us/tourism/index.html http://www.fpl.com/residential/customer_service.shtml http://www.ballantraepropertyvalues.com/ http://www.briansharkeyrealestate.com/ http://plato.stlucie.k12.fl.us/index.html Know The Market - Is about educating the customer to build a client for Life. Find out how Sharkey's unique business proposition has ranked him 11th in the county in (0 comments)
Short Sales - The Banks need to get with the times - 11/23/07 04:20 PM
Short Sales I was just reading another Rainer blog and thought of how antiquated some banks are in the loss mitigation departments. Get this you have to fax (fax- is the machine that can't make copies and has a phone line attached to it) the short sale packet and wait two weeks for a letter in the mail that they received it. No wonder we expect the delay to cause the banks to loss additional money. With technology the way it is you should be able to scan and email the packet and have a confirmation that it was received and assigned almost (4 comments)
Chief investment strategist said "you will be a big winner" - 11/23/07 01:10 PM
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim Swanson- MFS Investment Management, Chief Investment Strategist to talk about the real estate market and what I should expect over the next year. (CNBC- search Jim Swanson) We talked about the real estate market, mortagages and what it's like for me on the front-lines of a pending year of foreclosures. Mr. Swanson has seen some tight times in 1992 and suggested that I should be prepared to pay my dues forward. Being able to adapt and stay productive in this marketwill provide skills and strength to exceed in the next cycle of the market. (2 comments)
Home Inventory Made Easy - 11/22/07 11:09 AM
Yesterday I visited a neighbors house- He had many very nice things from Europe- he made a comment that the stuff might be worth more then the house- he might be right - but he didn't know. Any number of things could cause a disaster for your valuables. Money many times can't replace them but money will sure help start over. Insurance companies often times guess or "factor" the valuable when issuing a policy but you should "Know" the value so your not over nor under insured. A simple way to do this is to make a digital video just like a home tour but (0 comments)
Home Prices and Sales Down for Quarter Making the Buy Signal Stronger - 11/22/07 10:02 AM
Home Prices and Sales Down for Quarter Making the Buy Signal Stronger Brian Sharkey is a Realtor you can reach him at All Florida Realty 772-335-1995 x 192 or email email@example.com Here is the news sales are down 29% since this time last year. A smaller pie for Realtors, red flag for sellers and a Green flag for buyers. Median Sales price is down 13% from the same period last year. Again a green flag for buyers, sellers I'd give this a yellow flag. Caution with the list price on your house. As I have suggested to clients all year we are dropping (1 comments)
Saint Lucie County Real Estate Report Year To Date 2007 - Oct - 11/21/07 04:52 PM
Saint Lucie County Real Estate Report 2007 Year To Date - OctIt's important to know the market and what factors and/or changes in the market and how they will effect the value/cost to make a move. Before you interpret the numbers I suggest speaking to a Realtor in the local area. Written by Brian Sharkey LLC, All Florida Realty Services Inc. Brian Sharkey and his team can be reached at 772-335-1995 x 192Before you use This Market report to Make a buying or selling decision, please call Your Realtor for interpretation. Brian Sharkey can be reached at 772-335-1995 x 192Know The MarketKnow The Market- (0 comments)
Days On Market - 11/21/07 08:11 AM
Days On Market St. Lucie County Area has experienced a large increase in the time it takes to sell a house. In the peak of the market houses sold in about very quickly. Now indicated in green days on market have toped out at 178 days. I think this number is inaccurate. The reason is most agents list a house for 180 days. Six months. When a listing goes from one agent to another to another the days on market DOM is inaccurate. St. Lucie county has had an increased inventory for over a year now. This equates to longer marketing time (0 comments)
Exceptional Service I call it a Check List - 11/18/07 07:01 PM
Exceptional Service I'm learning that exceptional service doesn't have to come with lots of heavy baggage rather a check list. My partner has taken on the task of organizing my systems and service into check lists. She just started working with me a few months ago and I'm already starting to see the effects. As we all know real estate involves hundreds of tasks and anyone of them could cost you or your client $$$$$ We are making a check list for listings, a check list for offers received, price changes, soon to be expired, marketing, status report and so on. As full services agents (6 comments)
Chasing The Declining Market - 11/18/07 12:35 PM
Chasing The Declining Market- More then two price reductions is Chasing in my mind. I recently received an offer on one of my listings, so I opened the file and pulled out the history log from MLS and realized we did 9 nine yes nine, price reductions. About six months ago our Broker attended a meeting a talked about his personal story of chasing the market and how he lost money. The point I'm getting at is the tough love talk with clients will save thousands of dollars in the long run. A lets try this first price doesn't. Just last we I angled (5 comments)
Property Views down but the Taste of Turkey turns on buyers! - 11/18/07 09:57 AM
I started looking the number of viewings my listed properties received for the week, and I noticed that the views drop was quite large. This can't be, I just started working on Active Rain, I must have more exposure not less, I've added more information to my listings, I hired a partner to help get the word out, whats wrong! THEN I remembered last year. YES.... last year the same thing happened, property views dropped Like a ROCK! But after looking at the stats from last year I remembered that we had many calls from buyers wanting to "just take a look" it didn't (4 comments)
St. Lucie jobless number soars- unemployment down since Septmeber - 11/17/07 07:42 PM
Let me rewrite the headline in todays Port Saint Lucie News paper "St. Lucie jobless number soars" "County's unemployment rate is the second worst in the state because of construction jobs continue slump with 21,000 lost across state." the subheading Are you following me so far: here is the first line in the story: "Unemployment on the treasure coast remains up from a year ago but is down slightly from September," WHY, WHY, WHY did I buy the paper. WHY, WHY, Why? Nadia thanks for the report its fair and balanced The media always puts an angle on everything to position it to sell the paper. Does it matter (3 comments)
Commercial Real Estate In Saint Lucie County Vacancy Rate - 11/17/07 02:18 PM
Talking with another agent at All Florida Realty yesterday, the topic of vacancy rate for commercial property came up. He showed me a report for the area suggesting the vacancy rate was 34%. Could this be I asked- well it is. Back in 2005 NAR expected that vacancy rates would decline. At the time the rate was around 16% (can't confirm) that means we have twice as much available now. You can't beleive the construction going up in this area. Never mind the future plans. Lets get to work (1 comments)
The media is at it again bashing Real Estate as if this is the only thing bringing down the economy. I think the press is. Starbuck reported a reduction in traffic and the news attached it to the houseing market slump. What about the fact that gas prices are climbing and maybe one cup of Starbucks might keep the gas tank full every week. After investing in Starbuck I've learned the Starbucks Effect has changed marketing and our lives, it's become a meeting place for the fast moving corporate world. It's also very expensive, I used to pay almost $450 monthly on (4 comments)
St. Lucie County Property Stats YTD From 2004 - 11/17/07 12:27 PM
Here are the stats is raw form once I'm able to figure out a good format for them I'll be posting a monthly report with graphs. I'd be happy to take some suggestions. You can always count on Numbers. Yes the market is down, but unlike other areas we still have homes selling. www.BrianSharkeyRealEstate.com The Stats collected here are from MLS data, Brian Sharkey LLC, mades to claims this data is accurate. Consult your Realtor or Brian Sharkey as how to evaluate this information for making sale or purchase decisions. (2 comments)
Improved tax reform - 11/16/07 12:11 PM
The new tax refor is expected to save property owners over $11 billion in the next four years. Here is sone highlights of the new bill sent to me by Jose Cancela- Cochair, Floridians for property tax reform: Preserves Save our Homes Allows Portability of accumulated SOH benefits Guaranteed SOH benefit equial to 40% of median values 5% assesment cap on non-SOH property Tangible Personal property exemption of $25,000 Limits on assessed values of properties Personally I was happy with the old new tax proposal as my taxes would have be half, not bad. (0 comments)
Expired Listings- How do you figure out expired rates? - 11/16/07 10:44 AM
How do you figure the expired rate in your area? I've been calculating statistics in the market area for about three years now. I've learned many agents figure the expired rate in many different ways. I have added the property sold and the expired property together for a period of time the divided the expired from the total, leaving a percentage that I believe tells you the odds of expired as opposed to sold. Saint Lucie county area average expired rate is 75% as of 11/01/2007. Odds are the client/customer will not go ahead with plans to sell unless they get aggressive with the price. Know (1 comments)
Think you need a short sale... - 11/15/07 10:49 PM
Do you think you need a short sale? If you purchase your house within the last two years chances are you might need to sell short. Not all short sales need bank approval many times if its just a few thousand dollars the seller may just pay the difference but if they dones have the money... That's when a short sale with bank approval comes in. The best thing I can say about selling short is do your homework- get an agent that has the knowledge in dealing with short sales. How do you know? Ask.. Many agents work in a team with (2 comments)
Do you use a Market Leader Account? - 11/15/07 09:13 PM
A call to all market leader account holders in the south Florida area. If you have had your account for more then two years, I'd like to meet you. Contact me I need your help. I'm trying to solve some issues with Market Leader that could help all of us. Thanks in advance for your help. Sharkey (0 comments)
ICE- Your PHONE no I don't mean put it in the freezer - 11/15/07 09:01 PM
In Case of Emergency- Add the number of the loved one you would want to be notified should you be unable to communicate in an accident in your phone with the name as ICE. Police and other emergency responders are being trained to check your phone under the name ICE. Simple way to protect yourself just In Case of Emergency. Telling clients you care is one thing showing them is another. Try it and hope they never have to use it. (8 comments)
Internet-savvy real estate agent - 11/15/07 03:36 PM
As an Internet-savvy real estate representative in the neighborhood, I've had the opportunity to help many homebuyers find their ideal homes and many sellers obtain top dollar for their homes. Learn how the MLS along with the internet sells houses. Learn how easy it is to shop for a home using the internet in this type of market.If you're beginning to look at buying or selling a home - whether you intend to sell it on your own, hire an agent, or start to explore the possibilities in more detail, I want to become valuable to you. Whether it's information or (0 comments)
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